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How can we avoid being moved to another temporary accommodation? Advices Please???

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Itssodifficult Wed 05-Mar-14 05:42:43

I am a lone parent with 1 dc.
Last year we were accepted as homeless by our council, but the temporary accommodation we were put was very small, no bedroom at all. We were/are still very grateful. But it is not a along term solution.
If I challenge its suitability I am afraid of to be moved to another temporary accommodation which I heard happened to other people.
I have some health problems, my dc has some, too.
So I don’t think we can afford to be moved from place to place which we had done already many times before.
My illnesses were not considered to be enough for us to be in the top band to be housed securely immediately but I don’t think we can afford to move to another temporary accommodation financially and health-wise.
What should I do? I don’t want to drag my child from place to place any more.
I can’t sleep with these problems, I am always anxious, my health is suffering and so as dc’s.
Advices will be much appreciated.
Thank you.

monkeymadness1 Wed 05-Mar-14 10:20:42

Have you spoken to your local housing authority? They will have their own targets and guidelines to follow (as much as possible) which will give you an idea of how long you are likely to spend in temporary accommodation.

In our local area temporary accommodation is up to 2 years. Depending on individual circumstances it may be shorter or a bit longer but 2 years is their target maximum length. Around here a single parent with a child will be given a studio flat or a one bedroom flat. The living room is expected to be used as a bedroom. I have done this myself years ago as it's not great, but is doable, you just need to remember this is just a stepping stone to your permanent home .

What makes you want to complain about it's suitability? Have you been in touch with the council to ask what happens next? Around here people in temporary accommodation "bid" (show interest) each week on the permanent. Accommodation that becomes available and those are allocated to the person who has been waiting the life hear in temporary accommodation from the list of people who "bid". This system gives you some control over where you live. Do you have this where you are?

monkeymadness1 Wed 05-Mar-14 10:22:27

Sorry for rubbish autocorrects "longest" not "life hear" smile

Itssodifficult Thu 06-Mar-14 05:36:21

Thank you monkeymadness1 for answering my post.
The LA here wouldn't tell anything about targets, their waiting lists or how long we will stay in temporary accommodation. At every contact they try to push you to private let.
Any document you give can be lost or are not answered for a very long time.

Itssodifficult Fri 07-Mar-14 05:16:57

Here, there is no bidding, you are given one shot, you accept or lose their duty of housing you.
there can be suitability challenge after accepting the offer but how it is done I don't know.
If you move to that new place and then do the challenge that's very difficult because then you have to move again.
or, accept the offer before moving, do the suitability challenge, is this the way to do it I don't know.

Itssodifficult Fri 07-Mar-14 05:19:49

this housing problem really affecting me, I can't sleep properly, my days get ruined, everything suffers.

Roshbegosh Fri 07-Mar-14 05:32:51

Can you move to another town or something? I don't know much about it but as you aren't working can't you move somewhere with more resources? What is keeping you there? You haven't said why you dislike what you have been given.

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